Track & Field to Compete at Vandal Collegiate Meet

Feb. 18, 2009

COUGARS HAVE QUICK TRIP FOR VANDAL COLLEGIATE MEET: Washington State's indoor track and field teams have a short travel itinerary this weekend to compete at the Vandal Collegiate Meet Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus...field events begin at 9:30 a.m. and running events begin at 10 a.m...indoor discus throw competition will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, with women first...complete results will be posted on the official WSU website after the meet at

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 36th season with the Cougar track program; 15th year as a head coach, 14th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...former decathlete Rickey Moody joins Megan Johnson and Kyle Chandler.

TRACK AND FIELD REUNION: The Gray 'W' Varsity Club and Track and Field Team will host the a Track and Field Reunion Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Big Picture in Redmond, Wash...the Cougar-Husky Dual Meet will take place the next day, Saturday, May 2, at Husky Stadium...for more information, please contact Gray W coordinator Willie Jude via the email and update your information to ensure that you are not left out...also stay current with information through the Facebook group, WSU Track Reunion.

COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)

Women:Mile	        Lisa Egami	        # 4:45.49	        (41st)Pole Vault	Kendall Mays	        # 3.96m / 12-11 3/4	(t-25th)Men:60m Hurdles	Robert Williams	        # 7.85	(t-16th)High Jump	Trent Arrivey	        # 2.20m / 7-2 1/2	(t-3rd)		Shawn Swartz	        # 2.15m / 7-0 1/2	(t-20th)		Ryan Deese	        # 2.14m / 7-0 1/4	(t-24th)35# Weight	Philip MacArthur	# 19.55m / 64-1 3/4	(26th)

EGAMI NAMED FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) broke the 24-year-old WSU mile record with her time of 4:45.49 at the Husky Classic Meet in Seattle Feb. 14...the NCAA Provisional Qualifying time eclipsed the WSU women's school record of 4:50.70 set in 1985 by Kari Jonassen...Egami bettered her PR by more than 11 seconds and was one of 19 women to reach NCAA qualifying times in the mile.

SWARTZ MAKES IT THREE COUGS OVER 7-FEET IN THE MEN'S HIGH JUMP THIS SEASON: Shawn Swartz, a freshman from Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, became the 30th Cougar man to clear 7-feet in the high jump with his PR leap of 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) at the Husky Classic in Seattle Feb. 14...Swartz joins Ryan Deese (soph., Colorado Springs, Colo.) who cleared 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) Feb. 7, at the Runners Soul Open in Moscow, Idaho, and All-American Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) who soared over a 7-2 1/2 (2.20m) bar, Jan. 31 at the Cougar Indoor...while having three competitors clear 7-feet in the high jump is special, it is not take the prize for WSU competitors...FOUR Cougars high jumpers clear 7-feet in the SAME MEET...Brent Harken, James Cunningham, Brent Lowery and Anastasios Djonis all cleared 7-1 at the Vandal Invitational Meet, Feb. 3, 1984, in Moscow, Idaho...Harken went on to win the competition after skying to 7-3 1/2...according to the 1985 WSU Track & Field media guide, this is the only time in collegiate history four men from the same school have cleared over 7-0 in the same meet.

COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM HUSKY CLASSIC MEET: Three Cougars reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks and one more improved an NCAA PQ mark...achieving NCAA marks last weekend were Jeshua Anderson in the 400m dash (46.75), Shawn Swartz in the high jump (2.15m/7-0 1/2), and Lisa Egami in the mile (4:45.49)...Kendall Mays improved her pole vault mark to 3.96m/12-11 3/4...two freshmen had impressive performances...Emily Farrar (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) ran a 5000m time of 17:36.77 breaking the WSU freshman school record set by Chelsea VanDeBrake in 2007 of 17:45.83...Michelly Foley (Prineville, Ore.) broke the FSR in the mile with her time of 9:58.83, knocking teammate Amanda Andrews' 2008 time of 9:59.07 off the books...Mietra Smollack (Oak Harbor, Wash.) finished the mile in a PR time of 4:57.67, 10th-best on the Cougar all-time list...Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington, Wash.) came close to the FSR in the women's 20-pound weight throw with a heave of 17.10m/56-1 1/2, just 7 inches off the's 1600m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Anderson and Justin Woods took second place with a time of 3:11.51 with Anderson running a split of 47.0 and Woods running an anchor leg of 47.3...other Cougs reaching PR marks included Lorraine King (second place 400m, 55.08), Brittnay Crabb (400m 58.18), Amanda Andrews (3000m, 9:56.20), Candace Missouri (long jump, 18-10 3/4), Sean Harris (60m hurdles, 8.57), Reny Follett (400m, 48.27), Trevor Habberstad (400m, 49.30), Evan Blanshan (mile, 4:13.15), David Hickerson (mile, 4:17.72), Drew Polley (3000m, 8:32.17), and Dominic Smargiassi (5000m, 14:38.01).

NATIONAL POLLS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2009 Week #4 poll lists Oregon as the top men's team and Texas A&M as the top women's team in a prediction of team finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships...Cougar men are 42nd...individual events where WSU men are nationally listed are: Trent Arrivey, high jump (3rd), Shawn Swartz, high jump (20th), Robert Williams, 60m hurdles (16th), Ryan Deese, high jump (24th), Philip MacArthur (26th), Jeshua Anderson, 400m dash (11th)....Kendall Mays, pole vault, is the sole WSU woman nationally ranked (25th).

ANDERSON MAKES TRACKSHARK TOP 12 SPRINTERS/HURDLERS TO WATCH IN 2009 LIST: WSU sophomore Jeshua Anderson was named to the Top 12 Sprinters/Hurdlers to watch in 2009...Anderson won the men's 400m hurdles at the Pac-10 Conference, NCAA, USA Junior and World Junior Championship meets in 2008.

COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West the 2008 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Arizona State (154.5), 2. Stanford (141), 3. Oregon (72), 4. California (65.5), 5. Washington (61.5), 6. Arizona (57.5), 7. Washington State (49), 8. Cal St. Northridge (38.5), 9. UCLA (14.5), and 10. Long Beach State (6)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. Oregon (90), 2. California (84.5), 3. Stanford (83), 4. Arizona State (77), 5. Washington (66.5), 6. UCLA (64.5), 7. Arizona (58) and Washington State (58), 9. Cal St. Northridge (49), and 10. Long Beach State (28.5)...2009 MPSF Championships are slated for February 27-28, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.


WSU Women60m - Braidy Bates, Morgan Clem, Princess Joy Griffey200m -Braidy Bates, Brianne Brown, Morgan Clem, Princess Joy Griffey, Jacki Hill400m - Brianne Brown, Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill. Lorraine King, Anna Layman, Jalisa WilliamsMile - Stephanie Sipes3000m - Sarah Dunn, Ashlee Wall60m Hurdles - Brittnay Crabb, Angelica Flynn, Caroline Hedel, Lorraine King, Courtney Kirkwood, Jalisa WilliamsHigh Jump - Maria Creech, Angela JensenPole Vault - Mandi Dionne, Alexa Huestis, Kendall Mays, Hiliary Moore, Loreah WinlowLong Jump - Courtney Kirkwood, Jade Langston, Jessica YatesTriple Jump - Candace MissouriShot Put - Anna Albrecht, Jennifer Hamilton, Ashley Kenney, Angela JensenDiscus - Anna Albrecht, Ashley KenneyWeight Throw - Jennifer Hamilton, Kjirsten Jensen, Ashley Kenney, Cassie Whitfield

WSU Men60m - Christian Crain, Ezra John Griffey, André Jennings, Kyle Schauble (unat)200m - no entry400m - Reny Follett, Trevor Habberstad, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, J Hopkins, Barry Leavitt, Robert Williams800m - Joe Abbott3000m - Peter Miller, Mark Moeller60m Hurdles - Sean Harris, J Hopkins, Kyle Schauble (unat), Robert WilliamsHigh Jump - Sean HarrisPole Vault - Jake Baertlein, Beau Carrillo, Trevor SodorffLong Jump - Sean Harris, Sean WilsonShot Put - Steve Ayers, Joe Bartlett, Matt Lamb, Philip MacArthur, Kyle Schauble (unat)Discus - Joe Bartlett, Matt Lamb, Conner LarnedWeight Throw - Philip MacArthur

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